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at michigan state capital today as lawmakers vote on a controversial right to work bill. we have live pictures. you can see crowds have gathered already. the bill would allow workers at the union represented employees to opt out of paying dues even though the union would still bargain on their behalf. critics say it's a way to break the unions. >> if i'm being provided by a service by a particular organization i don't care if it's a club due or something, i should be paying for a service provided to me. >> supporters of the bill say it will attract businesses and bring more jobs to michigan. the republican governor plans to sign it. if it passes as expected, michigan currently has the highest percentage of union workers in the country. >>> time now 6:10. he is the object of a lot of envy right now. the second winner of the record powerball jackpot is revealed. >> he is everyone's best friend. and scary moments for passengers. what we're learning about a strange smell that forced an emergency landing right here in northern california. >> and a new but not so improved -- what's happening to the
middle class family. >> one mom said to me in michigan, that's four months groceries. that's commuting back and forth to work in gas for up to three years. i mean, that's a lot of money. >> reporter: democrats want higher taxes on families earning $250,000 a year and over. republicans want tax rates to stay where they are. taxes seem to be the biggest obstacle to a compromise but others want to see government spending put in check. >> the president is doing nothing about the addiction of his administration that he has to spending. he's the "spender-in-chief." >> reporter: president obama says he is willing to do that. >> i offered over a trillion dollars in additional spending cuts so that we would have $2 of spending cuts for every $1 of increased revenue. >> the senate is in recess. >> reporter: the senate reconvenes this morning so as americans celebrate the beginning of 2013, they may wake up wishing it were 2012 when they had more money in their pockets. i'm andrew spencer reporting. >>> and just to clarify, that midnight deadline is 9 p.m. pacific time. you can keep track of the
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